In This Ex-Spook’s New Thriller, Chuck Schumer Is President and Terror Is Spreading
In 2019 a bloody attack on the American embassy in Baghdad kills countless Americans and unleashes a crisis that will soon envelope the world as special operators, spies, terrorists and politicians scramble to respond to the new reality. This is the horror scenario that Eric Anderson envisions in his... Read more
Chinese Sniper Rifles Have a Troubled History
While the U.S. Army is concerned about next-generation Russian precision rifles and tactics, China has also been making significant advances in the field. In the 1980s, the Chinese used practically the same equipment as the Soviet Union. Nowadays, they use fairly different sets of equipment, including some rifles chambered... Read more
Sherman Tanks Battled Banzai Charges at Tarawa
This article was originally sponsored by Open Road Media on July 20, 2016. “Once inside, a man quickly found that you could not be claustrophobic and serve in a tank,” Oscar Gilbert and Romain Cansiere write in Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa. “In fact many... Read more
‘A Very Secret Service’ Is a Very French Spy Comedy
This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2016. Imagine if the French had made Get Smart and you’ll have some idea of the surreal brilliance of A Very Secret Service. In Mel Brook’s American classic, super-agent Maxwell Smart bumbles his way through his fight against the agents of KAOS. Only... Read more
Jim Mattis Is Pushing the U.S. Navy to Act Unpredictably
Well, there is a reason he cops to the nickname “Chaos.” Last month Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis set the naval community aflutter by musing, Hamlet-like, about jettisoning the U.S. Navy’s effort to rotate carrier, amphibious and surface forces from home port to foreign stations on a foreseeable cycle. To be predictable,... Read more
History Catches Up to ‘The Americans’
This story includes spoilers for The Americans. After six seasons over five years, FX’s The Americans came to an end on May 30, 2018. It’s an exciting, suspenseful, disturbing and though-provoking show — and the finale encapsulates many of the show’s signature characteristics in an episode that’s a half-hour... Read more
Chinese Robo-Boats Swarm the South China Sea
A video from late May 2018 shows a swarm of 56 small, unmanned boats operating in the South China Sea. While a rudimentary demonstration, it mirrors similar exercises performed by U.S. Navy boats practicing — semi-autonomously — to defend harbors and intercept incoming vessels. The Chinese robo-boats do not... Read more
Turkish Helicopter Gunships Are Heading to Pakistan
Pakistan has been hunting for new attack helicopters to replace its aging American-made AH-1 Cobras. Now Turkey’s ruling party has confirmed that Islamabad has picked the T129 ATAK in what is the largest Turkish-Pakistani arms deal in history for 30 of the sleek, two-seat gunships. It’s also a loss... Read more
Narco-Corruption, ISIS 3.0 and the Terror Drone Attack That Never Happened
For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida. But that’s a story for later. For now,... Read more
A Mass Murder at Sea Shocks the Guyanese Coast Guard
Caribbean piracy happens on a small scale, but a shocking mass murder of Guyanese fishermen off the Surinamese coast has left the small Guyanese military scrambling. On April 27, 2018, pirates attacked four Guyanese fishing boats and killed at least 15 people, with survivors reporting that pirates tied fishermen... Read more
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